A Time-Honored Treatment

Braces have been around for a long time, and they’re probably the most recognizable symbol of orthodontics.

These orthodontic workhouses have a long history of successful treatment and are great at correcting many oral issues. We've taken these braces to the next level for your smile.

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Treatment With Pitts 21 Braces

We use the Pitts 21 self-litigating braces system to give you a comfortable and efficient treatment.

What Makes Pitts 21 Braces Different?

All metal braces may look the same, but it's what's under the hood that matters most. Pitts 21 changes how orthodontists think about treatment and what braces can do for your smile.

The first difference is that we don’t have to use colored ties anymore to hold the wire to the brace. Even though the color ties may look nice at first, they tend to fade quickly and absorb plaque at a high rate.

By getting rid of the ties, your oral hygiene is greatly improved because of one less thing trapping plaque in your mouth.

The inside of the brace is rectangular instead of square. That may not mean much to you, but it gives control to our doctors to quickly move your teeth more efficiently. This could mean less treatment time in braces.

Even though we value your treatment's results versus how long you're in treatment, we've noticed treatment times have been decreasing.

What Are Braces Made of?

Brackets

The brackets are durable and made from a mix of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals.

Brackets have little hooks or doors where a wire is threaded. A bracket can be secured by closing the door, or by placing an elastic over the top of the wire.

Glue

This is what Dr. Auger will use to attach the brackets to your teeth. It’s common to attach the bracket directly to the tooth with glue.

Wire

This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Auger will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.

The wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together in many cases, but we might occasionally cut the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.

Elastics

If you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They are generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook. This will pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.

We may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra pressure on the teeth or jaws.

Orthodontic Bands

These are stainless steel rings that are cemented to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can provide an anchor for your braces and orthodontic appliances, but they are not used for everyone.

Spacers

These small elastic “donuts” or rings can be used to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They are also referred to as separators.

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